The Solon Center for Research and Publishing is hosting a writing contest in conjunction with an exhibit at Gallery Fukurou, 20 Main Street, Rockland.

In August the gallery will host an exhibit of new work by fine art photographers Yohaku Yorozuya and Ramona du Houx. The images will depict Rockland and the coast in its myriad situations, moods and emotions.

The challenge for writers will be to choose one photograph and write a story based on the image. The stories and photographs will be published in a book that will be sold during the exhibit, on Amazon, in the gallery, and worldwide through Ingram. The opening night of the exhibit will also be a book signing celebration with authors. Every writer published will receive a free book and promotion of their story on multiple media platforms.

Writers must reside in Maine. More than one story may be submitted (maximum 800 words); poetry is not accepted. The short stories must be rooted in the photograph the writer selects. Attach your word document, with your name and contact information, or copy and paste your story, in e-mail to duhoux2@tds.net (only electronic submissions are accepted). The deadline for submissions is May 27.

The photographs to choose from are posted on the gallery’s website at galleryfukurou.com/writing-contest-at-fukurou-gallery.